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Old 10-20-2022, 08:24 AM #1
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Grab bar and seat wear

I previously posted this as a follow-up to another grab bar thread but then realized it was in the 4th generation subforum. So this is a repost of that message. Sorry.

I bought a used grab handle for my 1999 4Runner on eBay ($15 + $10 shipping). It looks new and came with the screws. The driver's side roof frame is already drilled and tapped for the screws. I found the holes by probing with a needle. It mounts in exactly the same position as the one on the passenger side. Install took about 2 minutes. I am 5'8" and it's nowhere near my head. If you are over 6' then sit in the passenger seat to see if the handle there bothers you before getting one.

One of the main benefits of the new grab bar is that it should keep the driver's seat from wearing out so quickly! Why? People of short or average height swing their left leg out, it doesn't reach the ground, so they slide off the seat edge with their full weight on the seat edge, wearing out the left edge of the driver's seat. (This goes double for lifted 4Runners where even tall drivers have to slide off the seat edge.) Look at the driver's seat of any high mileage 4Runner for sale. Tall drivers may be able to reach the ground with their left leg to support some of their weight while exiting. Or you can step on the running board, or use the new grab bar to support some of your weight while sliding out. Picture shows the wear I'm talking about on my driver's seat bottom before I reupholstered it. Note the inner side of the driver's seat is always not worn much at all.
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Arrrgh!!. This one also went in the 3rd gen. forum. Moderator: Can you move it to the 3rd gen. forum where I meant it to be? I'm sure I posted in 3rd, but it went to 4th.
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Interesting!
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